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May 23, 2012

Corsair Force GT 60GB Review – SF-2281 SSD Synchronous NAND

Today we are looking at the Corsair Force GT 60GB, which is a LSI-SandForce SF-2281 based solid state drive (SSD) that uses Synchronous ONFi NAND. Previously we reviewed the Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD that used asynchronous NAND and found that while less expensive, the asynchronous NAND did give back some performance versus other drives. The Corsair Force GT 60GB really turns the tables performance wise as the synchronous ONFi NAND is going to get a lot of the sequential performance previously missing on the asynchronous Corsair offering. With 80K IOPS and 555MB/s read and 495MB/s write speeds advertised, the Force GT is going to be a strong solid state drive performer. We do know [...]

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May 10, 2012

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler Review for LGA 2011

This week we are taking a look at the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, which is an update to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (aka the Hyper 212+) that I recently reviewed. Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 line has been very popular because it provides competitive cooling at a very competitive price. The intent of this Cooler Master lineup is to provide good performance at a high value. Generally speaking, with the Hyper 212 line first launched in 2007, enthusiasts have seen Cooler Master deliver in this segment quite regularly. I will say that the focus of my CPU cooler reviews tends to be the LGA 2011 platform as it runs very hot. I have tried the Hyper 212 EVO on my Ivy Bridge based [...]

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May 2, 2012

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler Review

Today we are looking at a cooler that has been a very strong value for awhile now, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (also known as the Hyper 212+) CPU cooler. The Hyper 212 Plus is a fairly standard heatpipe tower cooler size wise and is not the best performer. What it does do well is provide fairly good performance inexpensively, often found for sub $30 and refurbished from time to time for $12. For those looking to use an older Hyper 212 Plus on a LGA 2011 Intel Core i7 or Intel Xeon E5 platform like we use on the site, the Hyper 212 Plus did not come with the stock retention bracket (it is standard on the newer models.) Cooler Master does provide a LGA 2011 bracket upgrade program [...]

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April 9, 2012

Corsair Air Series A70 Dual Fan CPU Cooler Review for Servers and Workstations Test

In the next installment of the CPU cooler roundup, we are taking a look at the Corsair Air Series A70 which is an interesting offering that Corsair does not officially list as a compatible LGA2011 cooler, but it does work. The big question is whether or not a big tower cooler, like the Corsair A70 is a worthwhile investment over the liquid cooling products we have already looked at in the Corsair Hydro Series H100 review and the  Corsair Hydro Series H80 review. I will say this, I am still at a loss as to why Corsair does not officially support the LGA 2011 socket with the A70. One can use standard mounting hardware or Corsair could provide a sub-$0.40 BOM worth of parts to make this [...]

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